Judy Fairburn

Executive Vice-President, Safety & Chief Digital Officer, Cenovus

Judy is the Executive Vice-President, Safety & Chief Digital Officer at Cenovus, and is accountable for driving a commitment to safety across the company, leading Cenovus’s digital transformation strategy and developing innovative, cross-sector partnerships in areas of strategic importance to the company. Judy also oversees Cenovus’s enterprise information systems, workplace and real estate. Judy’s previous executive and senior leadership responsibilities include strategic planning, environment, portfolio management, corporate venture capital, refining, operations and technology development.

Trained as a chemical engineer and having completed an MBA, Judy started her career as a facilities and operations engineer in oil sands and natural gas facilities. She is well known for driving collaborative innovation. She was pivotal in initiating the integration of environment into Cenovus’s business strategy and in the creation of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA). Judy serves as the Board Chair of Alberta Innovates, the Alberta government’s not-for-profit corporation that seeks to catalyze impactful research and innovation across the energy, environment, forestry, agriculture, health and emerging technology sectors. Judy is a Director and co-founder of Evok Innovations, a cleantech fund focused on accelerating the development and commercialization of solutions to environmental and economic challenges facing the oil and gas sector. She is also a Director for the federal cleantech fund Sustainable Technology Development Canada, as well as Director of the Public Policy Forum, an organization focused on tackling Canada’s most complex challenges through constructive dialogue across all sectors.

Judy is a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and is also a member of Abundance 360 – a select group of entrepreneurs and senior executives focused on capitalizing on transformative digital change.